2014 Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Rolls Into LA

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande

Jeep doesn’t have much to say at the L.A. Auto Show this year. The SUV builder didn’t even bother with a press conference.

But there is at least one product sitting in its booth worth taking a second look at: the 2014 Wrangler Willys Wheeler. It’s a special edition for the 2014 model year meant as a tribute to the Willys off roaders that birthed the Jeep image of today.

As such, it is gets a limited slip differential along with 3.73 gears and off-road tires. A set of rock rails protects the undercarriage. It also gets a two-speed transfer case with a 2.72:1 low-range gear ratio. As with the normal Wrangler, a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 provides 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Both a six-speed manual and a five-speed automatic are available with the special model.

It would probably already be a looker with the added off-road gear, but Jeep didn’t stop there. The body is finished in gloss black paint with Willy’s branding on the hood. There are also 17-inch aluminum wheels

Pricing starts at $25,795 for the two-door model while the four-door Unlimited version comes in at $29,595 with arrival planned early next year.

GALLERY: 2014 Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler

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Luke Vandezande
Luke Vandezande

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